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The winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize is....

You can see them in real life from today.

Updated, Tuesday 7.15pm

IT’S HARD TO choose between two paintings, nevermind between two works of art in different mediums – but that’s exactly what a panel of expert judges had to do today.

The winner of the 2014 National Gallery of Ireland’s prestigious Hennessy Portrait Prize was revealed at an event this evening.

Chosen from a shortlist of 12, Nick Miller was named as the winner.

He will receive €15,000 plus a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection.

The 12 finalists were shortlisted from about 400 entries and the National Gallery of Ireland has been kind enough to share the amazing pieces of work with us.

Tell us below what you think of the paintings, photographs and video stills.

Nick Miller

The London native moved to Ireland many years ago and now is based in Sligo. His work, Last Sitting, Portrait of Barrie Cooke, 2013 is an oil on linen.

PastedImage-32690 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

 John Beattie

An Artist, the Studio and All the Rest (Part 1) is a HD colour video with audio.

PastedImage-21055 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Comhghall Casey

Self-portrait, 2013 is an oil on canvas.


Gavan McCullough

This, 2014, an oil on canvas.

PastedImage-91013 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Cian McLoughlin

Tronie, 2013, oil on canvas

PastedImage-16208 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Hugh O’Conor

Beckah, Dublin Airport, 2013 on liquid acrylic

PastedImage-87380 Source: © The Artist

Geraldine O’Neill

Is feidir le cat Schrödinger an dá thrá a fhreastal, 2014, oil on canvas

PastedImage-8544 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Mandy O’Neill

Cait, 2014, is a photographic print.

PastedImage-80321 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Helen O’Sullivan-Tyrrell

The Convalescent, 2014, oil on canvas

PastedImage-79556 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Erin Quinn

Originally from Canada, Quinn is now permanent resident in Ireland.

Adam (from the series ‘Breaking Point’), 2013, photograph, archival pigment on fine art paper

PastedImage-67044 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Una Sealy

Hibiscus Blues (Portrait of Douglas), 2014, oil on canvas

PastedImage-64643 Source: © National Gallery of Ireland

Saoirse Wall

Gesture 2, 2014, HD video


Who would you like to see win?

Poll Results:

Hugh O'Conor (1757)
Gavan McCullough (697)
Geraldine O'Neill (630)
Erin Quinn (569)
Comhghall Casey (319)
Cian McLoughlin (288)
Helen O'Sullivan-Tyrell (284)
Nick Miller (274)
Mandy O'Neill (264)
Una Sealy (236)
John Beattie (110)
Saoirse Wall (107)

The exhibition opens today and will remain on view until 8 February next year. The gallery has late openings on Thursdays and is open Saturday and Sundays. For more information, check out their website

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